See also UPA Microfilm

MF 5322, Series H, reels 24-25

FARAR (BENJAMIN) PAPERS

(Mss. 1364)

Inventory

Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections

Special Collections, Hill Memorial Library

Louisiana State University Libraries

Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University

Reformatted 2003

Revised 2011

CONTENTS OF INVENTORY

SUMMARY .................................................................................................................................... 3
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL NOTE ...................................................................................... 4
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE ................................................................................................... 4
COLLECTION DESCRIPTION .................................................................................................... 5
INDEX TERMS .............................................................................................................................. 9
CONTAINER LIST ...................................................................................................................... 10

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SUMMARY

Size.

58 items

Geographic locations.

Laurel Hill, Natchez, Mississippi; New Orleans, Louisiana

Inclusive dates.

1773-1826, undated

Bulk dates.

1773-1790, 1809-1826

Language.

English; some land grants are in Spanish

Summary.

Copies of letters (1809-1825) from Captain Benjamin Farar of Laurel Hill near Natchez and from members of related families, pertaining principally to family life and few references to social life in New Orleans. Collection includes 3 English and Spanish land grants (1773-1790).

Location of originals.

Originals located at Tulane University Library, New Orleans.

Organization.

Arranged chronologically.

Restrictions on access.

If microfilm is available, photocopies must be made from microfilm.

Related collections.

Ellis-Farar Papers, Mss. 1000

Copyright.

Copyright of the original materials is retained by descendants of the creators in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Citation.

Benjamin Farar Papers, Mss. 1364, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.

Stack location(s).

Misc. F; Mss.MF:F

Also available on.

Microfilm 5322, Series H, reels 24-25

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL NOTE

Benjamin Farar was a planter of Laurel Hill Plantation near Natchez, in Adams County, Mississippi. He was married to Mary Ellis Farar and had daughters, Mary Farar and Anna Eliza Farar Mercer. Jane Ellis Rapalje was a sister-in-law. Associates include Thomas Butler, John Dick, Abner L. Duncan, and William Kenner.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

Personal and business correspondence (1820-1826) concerns family matters and life at Laurel Hill Plantation, with some references to social life in New Orleans. Correspondents include Mary Farar, Anna Farar Mercer, and other family members, friends, and associates including Thomas Butler, John Dick, Abner L. Duncan, and William Kenner. The earliest items in the collection include an English and a Spanish land grant and a land survey of holdings near Ouachita, Concordia Parish, Louisiana. All items are on microfilm except two photocopies of letters from Benjamin Farar concerning his illegitimate daughter (undated).

Also see: Pierce, Butler, The Unhurried Years: Memories of the Old Natchez Region. (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1948).

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Land Surveys (1773, 1787, 1790); 3 items

May 12, 1773

Letters patent to Thomas Hutchins for 1000 acres on Second Creed, Adams County, Mississippi, and survey by Elias Durnford, surveyor general. [Document recorded in the Register’s Office, West of Pearl River, Washington, Mississippi, March 30, 1804.]

1787

Survey by Carlos Trudeau of land of Francisco de Castro, at the Post of Ouachita, Concordia Parish

1790

Spanish grant to Benjamin Farar including survey of land in Pointe Coupee Parish by Carlos Trudeau and certification by Governor Estavan Miro.

Correspondence of Benjamin Farar, (1809-1826); 53 items

May 20, 1809

Abner L. Duncan, New Orleans, to Captain Benjamin Farar near Natchez, Mississippi Territory.

March 11, 1812

Benjamin Farar, New Orleans, to Mrs. Mary Farar, Laurel Hill, Natchez.

October 15, 1814

Mary Farar, Laurel Hill, Natchez, to Mr. Benjamin Farar, New Orleans.

October 18, 1814

Anna Farar, Laurel Hill, Natchez, to Mr. Benjamin Farar, New Orleans.

October 19, 1814

Mrs. Mary Farar, Laurel Hill, Natchez, to Mr. Benjamin Farar, New Orleans.

October 26, 1817

Mary Cocke, Springfield, Kentucky, to Miss Mary Farar, Lexington, Kentucky.

January 10, 1818

R. Rigsby, Lexington, Kentucky, to Captain Benjamin Farar, near Natchez.

March 7, 1818

Benjamin Farar, Chapetulas [postmarked New Orleans] to Mrs. Mary Farar, Laurel Hill, Natchez

April 27, 1818

Mary Farar, New Orleans, to Mrs. Mary Farar, Laurel Hill, Natchez.

May 1, 1818

Frances Kenner, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to William Kenner, Esq., New Orleans.

May 3, 1818

Mary Farar, New Orleans, to Mrs. Mary Farar, Natchez

May 7, 1818

Mary Farar, New Orleans, to Benjamin Farar Esq., Laurel Hill, Mississippi.

May 12, 1818

Mary Farar, New Orleans, to Mrs. Mary Farar, Natchez.

March 4, 1819

Anna Eliza Farar, New Orleans, to Mr. Benjamin Farar, Laurel Hill near Natchez, Mississippi Territory.

March 30, 1819

Mrs. Mary Farar, New Orleans, to Mr. Benjamin Farar Esq., Natchez.

April 6, 1819

Mrs. Mary Farar, New Orleans, to Mr. Benjamin Farar, Laurel Hill, Natchez.

September 24, 1819

Henry Nelson, Washington, Mississippi, to Benjamin Farar Esq., care of William Kenner & Company, New Orleans.

October 24, 1819

Mary R. Nelson, Baltimore, Maryland, to Mrs. Mary Farar, care of Benjamin Farar Esquire, Natchez, Mississippi Territory.

January 18, 1820

J. Saac Mayfield to Benjamin Farar.

February 14, 1820

Benjamin Farar, Laurel Hill, Natchez, to Mrs. Mary Farar, care of William Kenner & Company, New Orleans.

February 15, 1820

Mrs. Mary Farar, New Orleans, to Mr. Benjamin Farar, Laurel Hill near Natchez, Mississippi Territory.

February 17, 1820

William Kenner, New Orleans, to Mrs. Mary Farar, New Orleans.

February 18, 1820

Joseph Saul, New Orleans, to Mrs. Mary Farar, New Orleans.

March 3, 1820

M. Carroll, Natchez, to Mrs. Jane Rapalje, New Orleans.

March 7, 1820

Benjamin Farar, Natchez, to Mrs. Jane Rapalje, New Orleans.

March 8, 1820

Mary Farar, New Orleans, to Mr. Benjamin Farar, Laurel Hill near Natchez, Mississippi Territory.

March 8, 1820

Benjamin Farar, Laurel Hill, Natchez, to Mrs. Mary Farar, New Orleans.

March 13, 1820

M. Carroll, Natchez, to Mrs. Mary Farar, Laurel Hill, Natchez

March 14, 1820

Mary Farar, New Orleans, to Benjamin Farar Esq., Laurel Hill, Natchez.

March 20, 1820

Benjamin Farar, Laurel Hill, Natchez, to Mrs. Mary Farar, New Orleans.

April 4, 1820

Benjamin Farar, Laurel Hill, Natchez, to Mrs. Mary Farar, New Orleans.

April 11, 1820

Benjamin Farar, Laurel Hill, Natchez, to Mrs. Mary Farar, New Orleans.

May 21, 1820

A.T. Jeter, Natchez, to Mrs. Jane Rapalje.

April 7, 1821

Thomas Butler, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Hon John Dick, New Orleans.

May 7, 1821

John Dick, New Orleans, to Benjamin Farar, Esquire, Laurel Hill, Natchez.

June 9, 1821

John Dick, New Orleans, to Miss Anna E. Farar, Laurel Hill, Natchez.

March 10, 1822

Rd. Cocke and Mary Cocke, Montgomery (near Clarksville, Tennessee), to Capt. Benjamin Farar, Laurel Hill, near Natchez.

May 4, 1822

Benjamin Farar, Laurel Hill, Natchez, to John Dick Esq., New Orleans.

September 28, 1822

Benjamin Farrow [Farar] Esq., to Clemt Lee Bready, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

January 21, 1823

John Dick, New Orleans, to Miss Anna Farar, Laurel Hill, Natchez.

March 5, 1823

Anna Mercer, New Orleans, to Benjamin Farar Esquire, Laurel Hill, near Natchez.

March 14, 1823

Anna Mercer, New Orleans, to Benjamin Farar Esquire, Laurel Hill, Natchez

April 1, 1823

Anna Farar Mercer, New Orleans, to Mr. Benjamin Farar, Laurel Hill near Natchez

October 30, 1823

John Dick, Oakland [postmarked New Orleans] to Benjamin Farar, Esquire, Laurel Hill, Natchez, Mississippi.

January 14, 1824

Thomas Butler, The Cottage, St. Francisville, Louisiana, to Capt. Benjamin Farar in his absence, Dr. W. W. Mercer, Laurel Hill, Natchez.

February 13, 1824

Ann Butler, The Cottage, St. Francisville, Louisiana, to Miss Eliza Young, care of William N. Mercer Esq., New Orleans.

April 10, 1824

Benjamin Farar, Laurel Hill, Natchez, to Mrs. Anna E. Mercer, New Orleans.

March, 1825

James A. Girault, Louisville, Kentucky, to Capt. Benjamin Farar, Laurel Hill near Natchez.

April 23, 1825

William Brune, Natchez, to Benjamin Farar Esquire, Laurel Hill, Natchez.

May 20, 1825

L. Pitcher, New Orleans, to Benjamin Farar Esq., Natchez, Mississippi.

July 1, 1825

Thomas Butler, near St. Francisville, Louisiana, to Benjamin Farar Esq. near Natchez.

September 16, 1825

Thomas Butler [postmarked St. Francisville] to Dr. William N. Mercer Laurel Hill near Natchez.

March 8, 1826

Statement signed by Stephan Duncan and Benjamin F. Young.

undated

Benjamin Farar, Laurel Hill, Natchez, to Mrs. Anna Farar Mercer.

undated

Benjamin Farar, Laurel Hill, Natchez, to Mrs. Anna Farar Mercer.

INDEX TERMS

Butler, Thomas, 1785-1847.

Dick, John.

Farar, Mary.

Kenner, William, 1774-1824.

Land grants.

Laurel Hill Plantation (Miss.)

Mercer, Anna Farar, 1796-1839.

Natchez (Miss.)--History.

New Orleans (La.)--Social life and customs.

Plantation owners--Louisiana.

CONTAINER LIST

Stack

Location

Folder/Reel

Contents (with dates)

Mss.MF:F

Reel 1

Land surveys (1773, 1787, 1790) and correspondence (1809-1826)

Misc. F

Folder 1

Photocopies of 2 letters written by Benjamin Farar concerning his illegitimate daughter (undated)

MF 5322, Series H

Reels 24-25

Benjamin Farar Papers, 1773-1826, undated